Award-winning French Writer Makes US Noir Debut

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Laurent Guillaume, a multiple-award-winning French author and screenwriter makes his US debut with White Leopard, a hard-boiled detective noir novel set in West Africa.

Hard-boiled noir from France

“West Africa is brought vividly to life in this enthralling, fast-paced noir.”

A thrill ride of epic proportions—the real deal! The perfect combination of street smarts and literary talent.

Mystery and thriller publisher Le French Book is introducing a new award-winning French writer to the US market, with the release this month of White Leopard, by Laurant Guillaume. This intensely true-to-life story captures the struggle of a poor country in the grips of drug lords and corruption and of people with fractured pasts struggling to survive.

In Bamako, Mali, everything is possible and nothing is certain. A man torn between two continents finds himself in a dangerous confrontation between tradition and corruption. Solo is a former cop who ran away from a dark past in France to start his life over again in Bamako, Mali, as a PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful.

This gritty tale was inspired by a real case that occurred while the author was stationed in Mali as advisor to the local police.

Laurent Guillaume, a former police officer, writes novels and screenplays. In law enforcement, he worked anti-gang, narcotics, financial crimes, and served in Mali as advisor to the local police.

Praise
"A thrill ride of epic proportions—the real deal! The perfect combination of street smarts and literary talent." Craig Johnson, New York Times best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mysteries.

“Fans of classic hard-boiled PI fiction will relish Guillaume’s book, a tale of high-level corruption that will resonate with James Ellroy readers.” — Publishers Weekly

“As hard-boiled as it gets.” —Booklist

“West Africa is brought vividly to life in this enthralling, fast-paced noir.” —Foreword Reviews

The book
WHITE LEOPARD by Laurent Guillaume, translated by Sophie Weiner Le French Book; November 19, 2015 — Trade paperback $16.95; 240 pages ISBN: 978-1-9394-7450-6 e-book: 978-1-9394-7451-3 - hardback (library edition): 978-1-9394-7452-0

About Le French Book
Le French Book (http://www.lefrenchbook.com) is a New York-based publisher that brings France's best mysteries and thrillers to new readers across the English-speaking world. Its motto is: “If we love it, we’ll translate it.”

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